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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Baseball Statisticians Unveil New Analytics Model Measuring Precise Amount Of Joy They Suck From The Game

Saying the breakthrough would change baseball statistics forever, the Society Of American Baseball Research unveiled a new analytics model Friday that measures the precise amount of joy their work sucks from the game.

Master of the Horse Posted: August 25, 2018 at 03:37 PM | 152 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, bill james, theonion


Friday, August 24, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-24-2018

Washington Herald, August 24, 1918:

Secretary of War Baker this afternoon officially sanctioned the playing-off of the world series this year. He announced that he would write to General Crowder to that effect, suggesting that draft exemption be extended for the members of the two competing teams.

The National Commission had asked Baker for a formal recommendation for draft exemption, so the baseball administrators could ask local draft boards for individual extensions. Baker went even further ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 24, 2018 at 10:29 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Dominican League helping prospects on, off field

Some great insight into the DSL.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican baseball

The Giants have played the most extra-inning games of any team this year

Where’s the Croix de Candlestick when we need it the most?

If this season feels a lot more tedious than last season, despite the team actually faring better in terms of wins, one of the reasons why may be because it has been very, very long. Not just in the sense of it being mid-August of a losing season, but in terms of actual length of games.

As of Thursday morning, the Giants have the most extra-inning games of any team in baseball this year with 17 games that included free baseball. If ...

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QLE Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, giants

Posnanski: Baseball 100 Rules

In this era of reboots, it was perhaps inevitable that Joe Posnanski would take another crack at the 100 greatest players in major league history. 

The Baseball 100 is more than just a ranking system to me. The difference between my 78th ranked player and my 212th ranked player is so miniscule that it’s mathematically irrelevant. With one slight adjustment, I could have those two players switch places.

Nearly all of the series is to be pay walled, but Zach Greinke is No. 100 on the list. ...Read More...

Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 272 comment(s)
  Beats: history, joe posnanski, joe posnanski top 100, reboots

The Braves traded into their strengths

But it wasn’t just happenstance. Gausman was a calculated upgrade for the Braves, who were also rumored to be in on Chris Archer at the deadline. Archer wound up with the Pirates for a significant cost while Alex Anthopoulos and his team grabbed Gausman for relatively cheap. But Gausman’s profile, and how that profile matched what Atlanta already had, surely helped Atlanta decide it wasn’t worth the price to pony up for Archer. Not when that profile could provide some hidden value.

If ...

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The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, braves, trades

MLB Endcaps: Who was the first player younger than you to play in MLB, and the last player older than you to play in the MLB?

Older Player Endcap: This is not just the oldest active player ever. For example, Jason Giambi is not the oldest player to ever play a game. He played until he was 43. He was born on January 8, 1971. But, if you were born on June 6, 1971, Giambi was the last player older than you to play in the majors.
If there are still active players older than you, we just tell you who the oldest one is (Hi Bartolo).

Younger Player Endcap: This is not the youngest player to ever play. This is the first ...

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Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: age

How David Price became ‘the pitcher Boston signed’ | NBC Sports Boston

Evan Drellich does a good job getting more info on Price’s recent adjustment. He also shines light on why Sale and Price like pitching to Leon.

Can’t forget his catcher, Sandy Leon, either. Price, like Chris Sale, does not attend the pre-start meeting with the coaches and the catchers, as most pitchers do. Even in the day and age of scouting reports, a relatively empty mind can help allow for focus on the pitch — particularly if the guy behind the plate has a supreme grasp on what to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2018 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Mets may have just discovered their next Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy wasn’t really very good during hit Mets days. His poor defense siphoned off a lot of the value of his bat. Hopefully McNeil will be a better fielder.

“He reminds me of Daniel Murphy,’’ a scout who has followed McNeil in the minors told The Post on Wednesday.

That is some high praise.

“He puts the bat on the ball and he leaves the bat in the hitting zone a long time,’’ the scout said. “He makes solid contact and now that he has gotten a little stronger, he is ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2018 at 01:15 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, jeff mcneil, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-23-2018

Omaha Daily Bee, August 23, 1918:

When asked [yesterday] whether the work or fight order would interfere with the world baseball series this year, Secretary Baker said…the question had not come before him, but indicated his strong opinion that the series would be and should be played.

Since only two teams would take part, the secretary thought the number of men affected by the work or fight order would be very small. He added the soldiers in France were intensely interested in the results.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 23, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Documents shed light on the life and death of Thurman Munson

The anguish still rises unmistakably from the pages of the deposition, which is now nearly 40 years old. In it, a witness named David Hall hesitates as he testifies, and a lawyer asks if he needs a short break. Hall declines and continues. By the time he is done, he has provided a devastating account of the final moments in the life of Thurman Munson, the Yankees catcher who died at age 32 when the plane he was flying crashed short of the runway at Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio on Aug. 2, 1979.

spanx for the memories Posted: August 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: new york yankees

Aroldis Chapman lands on DL one day after exiting with knee pain

MIAMI—New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday due to left knee tendinitis, the team announced.

Chapman left Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the 12th inning after feeling pain in the knee.

Speaking through an interpreter, Chapman said Wednesday that he didn’t know a set timeline on his return but that he at least wanted to use these 10 days to rest the knee.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 23, 2018 at 05:18 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Young Nats who might get a closer look the rest of the season - Nationals Pastime

[Victor] Robles, who dazzled last September and even made the postseason roster at 20, missed three months this season after hyperextending his left elbow. Healthy now, he’s hitting .254 with a .365 on-base percentage but only one homer in 38 games for Syracuse.

The Nationals have a decision to make on Robles this winter. If Harper leaves as a free agent, Robles almost certainly becomes the starting center fielder in 2019. If Harper stays, Robles could be extraneous and thus a prime trade ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 11:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Phil Pote, a Los Angeles coach and scout who helped build baseball in the inner city, dies at 85

Baseball lost another legendary scout.

From the outside, the story appeared to be that of a white man leading an African American team from the inner city to victory. But that 1963 Fremont team was the last team from South Los Angeles to win the City championship. In the last 45 years, only one team outside the San Fernando Valley has won the title at the highest level: San Pedro, in 1992.

Pote aspired to rebuild baseball in South Los Angeles, where such stars as Eric Davis, Eddie Murray, Ozzie ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 11:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers, mariners, phil pote

Mickey Callaway has seen the light — and can’t be the only one

It’s a balance. You don’t want good pitchers, bad fielders, and bad hitters. The keys, of course, are player evaluation and properly weighting how the parts fit together. The Mets, for one example, seem to do a pretty poor job at both aspects.

“If you are going to build a team around pitching, you better value defense,’’ one scout said Tuesday night. “The Mets better start valuing it.’’

When Callaway was asked about the importance of defense throughout the organization, the manager ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 10:31 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Mason: Candid Tyler Thornburg still trying to figure things out | Local Sports | eagletribune.com

Thoracic outlet syndrome requires a grisly surgery — the missing rib actually has a home on Thornburg’s parents’ mantle — and an arduous recovery.

With 21 months between big league appearances there was bound to be rust.

Yet, as Thornburg works to sharpen his stuff, there’s still little indication of what he’ll have when he wakes up. It’s not until he begins warming that he knows what he’s dealing with.

“It kind of sucks mentally as far as not knowing exactly what you’re going to have ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tyler thornburg

Giants’ Buster Posey likely to have season-ending hip surgery - SFChronicle.com

Six-time All-Star catcher Buster Posey, slowed this season by hip issues that caused him to miss the All-Star Game, faces likely hip surgery that would cut short his season.

“I’d say that that’s a safe assumption,” said Brian Sabean, executive vice president of baseball operations.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-22-2018

New York Tribune, August 22, 1918:

Less than 10,000 fans—9,825 to be exact—attended five major league ball games Tuesday in the cities of Boston, where an important series is being played, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis. The aggregate attendance in these five cities was less than that which under ordinary circumstances would have visited the Polo Grounds for one game in weather such as we had here Tuesday.

Those are the sorts of attendance figures you’d only see during total ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:54 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB—How Matt Carpenter went from hitting .140 in mid-May to potential MVP

I picked up Carpenter as a buy-low guy early in the season. Unfortunately a rash of injuries hit and I released him!

Arrrrrrrrrrrrghh!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Kevin Gausman throws 8 scoreless frames in win

Who can pitch well with rocks in multiple baskets?

“Any time you change anything as a Major Leaguer, there’s always a big question mark in your head about whether it’s going to work or not,” Gausman said. “I’ve had success in the big leagues before coming over here. There was a part of me that was a little hesitant. But I just tried to put all my rocks in one basket. I just jumped head-first right into it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kevin gausman

Gordo: Playoff race is all about pitching, and Cardinals have it in abundance | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

Anyone else remember people saying the Nationals *and* Cardinals seasons were over at the All Star break?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals



The failure of the Bryce Harper Era

So, how much of this explanation as for the Nationals’ problems do we agree with, and what other explanations are that aren’t mentioned in this article?

Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner wrote an open letter to fans Tuesday and, like the Nationals’ season, it didn’t make much sense. In it, Lerner tried to rationalize trading Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs for a fringe prospect and allowing the St. Louis Cardinals to claim Matt Adams via waivers Tuesday as some sort of an indication ...

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QLE Posted: August 22, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: dave martinez, mike rizzo, nationals

Nationals throw in the towel, trade Daniel Murphy to Cubs, Matt Adams to Cardinals

Somewhere, Alex Anthopoulos and Matt Klentak are dancing a merry jig…..

With a sub-.500 record and their playoff hopes all but gone, the Washington Nationals have waved the white flag on the 2018 season and have begun tearing down a once-promising roster.

The Nationals on Tuesday traded three-time All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs for minor-league infield prospect Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named or cash considerations.

“We took a chance at the first trade ...

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QLE Posted: August 22, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, daniel murphy, matt adams, nationals, white flag

Yu Darvish done for season with injuries to right elbow, triceps

Yu Darvish’s injury-plagued first season in Chicago has come to an end as the Cubs announced the right-hander will miss the rest of the season with more damage in his pitching arm.

An MRI has revealed a stress reaction in Darvish’s right elbow and a triceps strain, the Cubs said Tuesday, injuries that will force him to be shut down for six weeks.

Maybe Daniel Murphy knows how to pitch.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 22, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, yu darvish

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Scouts are baseball’s poets, and here are some of the best lines they’ve used over the years

The perfect scout’s line is memorable and incisive. It tells you about the player (or an element of their game) without resorting to cliche or tepidness in a way that sticks like a well-cooked noodle. For instance, one gaffe-prone outfielder was said to “run the bases like he thinks he’s invisible.” A different, less-imposing player was described as being able to “hang-glide on a Dorito.” As with great poems, sometimes the omitted words in a scouting report are the ones that matter the most. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2018 at 05:24 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts

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